Bio: Allissa Dillman


National Institutes of Health, United States of America

Contact: Email:, Twitter: @DCHackathons,

About Me

Allissa Dillman is the Biomedical Data Science Outreach Coordinator at National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) within the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Allissa focuses on crowdsourcing, education and underrepresented community engagement. As part of her duties, she runs codeathons on the NIH campus, at numerous academic institutions and at conferences. Her job also entails creating and teaching workshops such as the introduction to coding, use of bioinformatics tools and standards and reproducible data science practices to broad communities. Allissa has focused specifically on lowering the barriers of entry for data science by building events that offer equitable access for all. She engages with high school and college communities illustrating training opportunities and data science applications at the NIH and often personally mentors students in their data science journeys. Allissa received her PhD in computational neuroscience as part of the graduate partnership program between NIH and the Karolinska Institute, Sweden, in 2014. She has contributed to over 45 scientific publications and has a long-standing research interest in bioinformatic tools for analysis of both human samples and model systems.

Skills/Topics I Teach

  • Bioinformatics
  • Genomics
  • R
  • Reproducible methods
  • RNA-seq
  • Pipelining
  • Data Science
  • Cloud computing for all of the above
  • Community building

Communities and Projects